After a long teaser campaign and spy shots, Hyundai has finally revealed the 2022 Kona N, the next member of the Hyundai performance family. The Hyundai Kona N is confirmed for South Africa, with an estimated arrival towards the end of 2021.
The sportiest version of the compact crossover from Hyundai has been shown. Boasting the same powertrain from the Hyundai Veloster N, the Kona N makes 206 kW and 392 Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine. No surprise Hyundai is calling the Kona N its first true hot SUV.
The Hyundai Kona N is front-wheel driven, with power going through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. There'll be no manual option and no all-wheel-drive derivative either. Hyundai has worked extensively under the skin and thoroughly reworked the suspension, plus added an electronic limited-slip differential to help cut those corners. There are also N-specific 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance Pirelli P-Zero rubber.
Performance is claimed to be brisk, with a 0-100 kph of around 5.5 seconds, thanks to a temporary overboost that takes power up to 213 kW. There are 5 drive modes (Normal, Sport, N, Custom, Eco) that will change the throttle responsiveness, traction, exhaust sounds and steering weight. To make it look the part, Hyundai has given the Kona N a fantastically aggressive look, complete with twin big exhausts at the back.
Inside, the cabin gains bucket seats and plenty of N branding. The driver will get a 10-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a 10-inch infotainment screen. There are cool performance features too like a lap timer and performance meter.
When is the Hyundai Kona N coming to South Africa?
At the recent launch of the facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe, representatives of the brand confirmed the Kona N's arrival after the facelifted Kona and Kona N Line launch.